Truth and Other Lies

by Maggie Smith



Women's Fiction 

356 pages

ISBN: 978-1-64538-262-1 



The Devil Wears Prada meets All the President's Men


Megan Barnes' life is in free fall. After losing both her job as a reporter and her boyfriend in the same day, she retreats to Chicago and moves in with Helen, her over-protective mother. Before long, the two are clashing over everything from pro-choice to #MeToo, not to mention Helen's run for US Congress which puts Megan's career on hold until after the election.


Desperate to reboot her life, Megan gets her chance when an altercation at a campus rally brings her face to face with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jocelyn Jones, who offers her a job on her PR team. Before long, Megan is pulled into the heady world of fame and glamour her charismatic new mentor represents.


Until an anonymous tweet brings it all crashing down. To salvage Jocelyn's reputation, Megan must locate the online troll and expose the lies. But when the trail leads to blackmail, and circles back to her own mother, Megan realizes if she pulls any harder on this thread, what should have been the scoop of her career could unravel into a tabloid nightmare.


Readers who love Jodi Picoult's topical plot twists and Liane Moriarty's character-driven novels will devour this fast-paced tale of three women whose lives converge as one fights a devastating accusation, another campaigns for a contested seat in Congress, and one, the young reporter with ties to both, navigates the tricky line between secrets and lies.




Maggie Smith’s writing centers on women and the challenges they face in dealing with what life throws their way. She’s the host of the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar, where she interviews debut novelists for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She pens a monthly blog for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and serves as managing editor for The Write City Magazine, a literary publication of The Chicago Writer’s Association. She makes her home in Milwaukee. Truth and Other Lies is her debut novel.


Visit Maggie at and on Instagram where she posts as @maggiesmithwrites.

Truth and Other Lies [paperback]

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